Teams continue preparations for Women's U-17 Championship
Teams continue to prepare for the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship, set to open March 10 with a doubleheader featuring the defending champion United States against Haiti, and host Costa Rica against debutante Cayman Islands.
Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago kicked off their four-team tournament at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Trinidad, on Sunday.
Mexico defeated Canada 2-1 in the opening game while host Trinidad tied Jamaica 0-0. The second CONCACAF championship will be played March 10-20 entirely at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium - the home of Liga Deportiva Alajuelense - in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Two teams, along with Under-17 Women's World Cup host Trinidad & Tobago, will qualify for the world championship in September.
To view the complete schedule, please click here. CONCACAF.COM to stream Women's U-17 Championship matches
Like the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in January, all matches from the U-17 event will be streamed live free of charge at CONCACAF.com.
Each game will also be available on-demand shortly after its conclusion. Fans also can follow the U-17 championship by joining the CONCACAF Facebook group or follow it on Twitter for all the latest news.
Several CONCACAF teams to play Wednesday; Costa Rica-Chile match cancelled
Besides the United States and Mexico, four other CONCACAF teams will be in action on Wednesday.
Guatemala and El Salvador will renew their rivalry in Los Angeles at the Memorial Coliseum.
Panama will travel to Barquisimeto, Venezuela to face la Vinotinto, and Honduras will face Turkey in Istanbul in its second match of 2010.
Costa Rica was scheduled to play Chile in Santiago on Wednesday. However, the match was cancelled due to the earthquake that struck the South American country on Saturday. United States, Mexico win matches
The United States defeated El Salvador 2-1 on a injury time goal from Sacha Klejstan in Tampa on Wednesday. El Salvador led in the first half on a goal by Rudis Corrales before Brian Ching equalized.
The United States will face Holland on Wednesday in Amsterdam.
Mexico opened its World Cup preparation with a 5-0 rout of Bolivia in San Francisco. Mexico surged ahead 4-0 in the first 20 minutes and was led by two goals from Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in his first start with the national team.
Mexico will play fellow World Cup qualifier New Zealand on Wednesday in Pasadena, California, at the Rose Bowl. USA to meet Germany in Algarve Cup final
With a 2-0 win over Sweden on Monday, the United States women's team reached the final of the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Lauren Cheney scored both goals for the Americans.
The United States will play Germany in the Wednesday's final in what is the eighth consecutive Algarve final for the Americans.
Prior to its victory over Sweden, the U.S. women also defeated Iceland and Norway. Canada to meet New Zealand in Cyprus Cup final
Canada defeated South Africa 2-1 on Monday to reach the Cyprus Women's Cup final where it will face New Zealand on Wednesday.
The Canadian women won Group 2 by beating Switzerland 2-1, England 1-0 and South Africa.
Last week Signals incorrectly noted that Canada beat Poland in its Cyprus Cup opener. We regret the error.
CFU Club Champions Cup to open March 16
The CFU Club Champions Cup will open March 16 with 14 teams divided into four first-round groups.
Finalized at this past weekend's Caribbean Football Union Congress in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, the group winners, runners-up and best third place team will advance to a second round to join seeded teams San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad, the Puerto Rico Islanders and Tempete FC of Haiti.
The second round will consist of four, three-team groups, two each to be played in Trinidad and Puerto Rico April 13-17.
The group winners will then advance to a final group phase in Puerto Rico May 4-8, with the top three finishers qualifying for next season's CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round.
For more detail and a complete schedule, click here.
Suriname plays St. Vincent to begin Women's GC qualifying
Women's Gold Cup qualifying will open Wednesday at the Georgetown Cricket Ground in host Guyana when Suriname faces St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the opening Caribbean Group A match.
Seventeen teams will begin qualifying in five groups to determine the Caribbean's pair of representatives to the six-team CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in late October or early November.
For more details and the schedule, click here.
FIFA trophy tour reaches CONCACAF region
After making 60 stops going through Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour reached CONCACAF with a stop in Panama City on February 23.
Following a two-city trip through Honduras February 25-26, the symbol of soccer supremacy reached Mexican soil this week with a stop in Guadalajara before moving on to Monterrey and Mexico City this week.
The tour that began in September returns to the CONCACAF region on April 27 when Toronto will host the trophy before it crosses over to the U.S. to make stops in Miami and Houston.
National association friendlies
1.20.2010: Coquimbo, Chile;
CHILE - PANAMA 2-1
1.23.2010: Carson, California, USA;
UNITED STATES - HONDURAS 3-1
1.26.2010: Córdoba, Argentina;
ARGENTINA - COSTA RICA 3-2
1.31.2010: Kingston, Jamaica;
JAMAICA - CANADA 1-0
2.10.2010: Mar de Plata, Argentina;
ARGENTINA - JAMAICA 2:1
2.24.2010- Tampa, Florida, USA:
UNITED STATES - EL SALVADOR 2:1
2.24.2010: San Francisco, USA:
MEXICO - BOLIVIA 5:0
3.03.2010: Amsterdam, Netherlands:
NETHERLANDS - UNITED STATES
3.03.2010: Pasadena, California, USA:
MEXICO - NEW ZEALAND
3.03.2010: Los Angeles, California, USA:
GUATEMALA - EL SALVADOR
3.03.2010: Barquisimeto, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - PANAMA
3.03.2010: Santiago, Chile:
CHILE - COSTA RICA
3.03.2010: Istambul, Turkey:
TURKEY - HONDURAS
3.24.2010: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA:
MEXICO - ICELAND
5.07.2010: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA:
MEXICO - ECUADOR
5.10.2010: Chicago, USA:
MEXICO - SENEGAL
5.17.2010: Mexico City, Mexico:
MEXICO - CHILE
5.24.2010: London, England:
ENGLAND - MEXICO
5.24.2010: Buenos Aires, Argentina:
ARGENTINA - CANADA
NETHERLANDS - MEXICO
5.26.2010: Lens, France
FRANCE - COSTA RICA
6.01.2010: Sion, Switzerland:
SWITZERLAND - COSTA RICA
6.03.2010: TBD, Belgium:
ITALY - MEXICO
6.05.2010: Bratislava, Slovakia:
SLOVAKIA - COSTA RICA